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Posted 9/2/14 at 7:15 PM | Mark Ellis

Zamperini Film by Angelina Jolie Will Not Include his Faith in Christ

Jolie with Zamperini

By Mark Ellis

A new film about Louis Zamperini, the World War II hero whose life is the subject of an adaptation of the book “Unbroken,” will not include the story of his faith in Jesus Christ.

The prisoner of war survivor and inspirational speaker – known for his bold profession of faith in Christ — died from pneumonia in Los Angeles on July 2. He was 97.

The Universal Pictures film will be directed by Angelina Jolie, based on “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand.

The adaptation of Hillenbrand’s book involves a collaboration between Jolie and the Coen Brothers, known for their idiosyncratic postmodern films, combining wry humor, an eccentric viewpoint, and sometimes brutal violence. The film is set for release on Christmas Day.

According to an L.A. Times story published before Zamperini’s death, Universal Pictures held the movie rights to Zamperini’s life story for more than 50 years, but no one could figure out how to compress his remarkable saga into a two-hour film. FULL POST

Posted 8/29/14 at 2:07 PM | Mark Ellis

Heartbroken Mom of 3-Year-Old Abducted by ISIS Describes Daughter's Capture, Pleads for Help

Christina's mom with interviewer for Ishtar TV

By Mark Ellis

The mother of Christina Khader Ebada, the three-year-old girl abducted by ISIS from an Assyrian Christian family as they fled Baghdede described the ordeal of her kidnapping and made a heartfelt plea for help.

Christina’s mother is physically handicapped and her father is blind, according to the report from the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA).

The emotional interview was conducted by Ishtar TV after Christina’s family reached a refugee camp in Ankawa, just north of Erbil, where 70,000 Assyrians refugees have fled from the ISIS onslaught.

When the Ebadas were told to vacate their home in Baghdede (Qaraqosh), they were taken to a primary care center first, where they were examined by a doctor affiliated with ISIS, according to the interview.

After their exam, the women in the group were separated from the men. “We carried our bags, which had clothes and ID cards. They said if you have gold get it out; they took the gold, not from me but from some other people, gold and money and the IDs of all of them, and threw away their clothes, and they said we will bring them to you later and said go to that big bus.” FULL POST

Posted 8/28/14 at 3:54 PM | Mark Ellis

1400 Children Raped and Trafficked in British Town by Men of Pakistani Muslim Heritage

Five men convicted in 2010 for sex abuse in Rotherham

By Mark Ellis

A shocking report released by an independent commission in the UK found that at least 1,400 minors in the town of Rotherham – some as young as 11 – were beaten, raped, and trafficked over a 16-year period by men of Pakistani Muslim heritage.

The vast majority of the victims were young white girls. Some officials in the town turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse, believing social workers were exaggerating the claims, while others worried about being labeled as racist if they spoke out, according to the New York Times.

The report accused officials of ignoring “a politically inconvenient truth” about men of Pakistani heritage grooming vulnerable white girls for sex. The report chronicled the period between 1997 and 2013.

Some children were drenched in gasoline and threatened with being set on fire if they reported their abuse, others were threatened with guns or forced to witness brutally violent rapes and told they would be next if they told their parents. FULL POST

Posted 8/27/14 at 6:57 PM | Mark Ellis

Twice as many British Muslims Fighting for ISIS than in UK Armed Forces

Former UK students now fighting for ISIS

By Mark Ellis

A British Member of Parliament has made a startling claim: Now there are more than twice as many British Muslims fighting for ISIS than there are serving in the British armed forces, according to a report in Newsweek.

Khalid Mahmood, an MP in Birmingham, estimated there are at least 1,500 young British Muslims who have found their way into the ranks of extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria during the last three years.

“If you look across the whole of the country, and the various communities involved, 500 going over each year would be a conservative estimate,” Mahmood told Newsweek.

There are only about 600 British Muslims currently serving in the Armed Forces, making up approximately 0.4% of total personnel, according to the Ministry of Defense.

Slightly over four percent of the British population is Muslim.

The UK Foreign Office said they believe 400 individuals have travelled to Syria since the uprising began, but said that they could not give exact numbers, according to Newsweek. FULL POST

Posted 8/27/14 at 3:58 PM | Mark Ellis

Nigeria: Terror Group who Kidnapped Schoolgirls also Beheaded Six-year-old Christian Boy

This man survived an attack by Boko Haram in 2012

By Mark Ellis

The terror group Boko Haram has killed thousands, destroyed villages, burned homes and churches, and kidnapped hundreds of women, including more than 200 schoolgirls in April, with the goal of creating an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

In many respects, their extreme tactics resemble ISIS and its designs on the creation of a caliphate in the Middle East.

Two months after the schoolgirls were abducted, Boko Haram also beheaded a six-year-old Christian boy following an attack on a church, according to a firsthand account received by Voice of the Martyrs (VOM).

“Over 100 militants dressed in military uniforms swarmed the predominantly Christian village of Attagara just as Sunday church services were beginning on June 1, according to VOM. “The rebels opened fire on the village and went after people with their machetes.” FULL POST

Posted 8/26/14 at 2:03 PM | Mark Ellis

ISIS Abducts Three-Year-Old From Fleeing Christian Family

Christina, kidnapped by ISIS

By Mark Ellis

Christina Khader Ebada, a 3 year-old Assyrian girl, was abducted from her Christian family in northern Iraq as they fled Baghdeda, also known as Qaraqosh, according to the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA).

In July, ISIS forces attempted to occupy the city, but Kurdish Peshmerga fought them off, while elders, women, and children fled to neighboring towns. The town is near the ancient city of Ninevah, and many of the Christians there trace their roots to the time of Jonah.

Then ISIS cut off Baghdeda’s water supply and placed an embargo on the town, so that nearby Muslim villages stopped trading with them. Those who remained were left fighting for survival.

On August 6, Kurdish troops withdrew from the city and the next day ISIS invaded the town. Many joined the 150,000 Assyrian Christians who were forced to walk towards Erbil without their cars and possessions because Kurdish forces feared Islamist infiltration, according to AINA. FULL POST

Posted 8/25/14 at 2:55 PM | Mark Ellis |

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British Jihadists Known as 'The Beatles' are Prime Suspects in Beheading of Journalist James Foley

Jihadi John (left) next to hooded executioner of James Foley

By Mark Ellis

A 24-year-old British rapper from west London is one of three prime suspects in the gruesome execution of journalist James Foley by ISIS extremists.

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, known as Jihadi John, travelled to Syria last year from his $1.8 million home in west London, where he lived with his mother Ragaa and his five siblings, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. He is the son of one of Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenants.

His father, Egyptian-born refugee Adel Abdul Bary, awaits trial in New York over his alleged role in embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. He had been granted political asylum in Britain in 1991 after fleeing Egypt, according to The Herald.

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary was only six when his father was first arrested and taken away from their London home.

His anger over the loss of his father may have played into the lyrics of some of his rap songs, such as The Beginning: FULL POST

Posted 8/22/14 at 7:30 PM | Mark Ellis

Jihadist Serial Killer Murdered Four in U.S., But Was Largely Ignored by the Media

Ali Muhammad Brown

By Mark Ellis

An armed jihadist serial killer murdered at least four men in a killing spree from April through June as acts of “vengeance” for Muslims killed overseas by the United States, but his crimes were not covered extensively by the media.

After his apprehension by police, Ali Muhammad Brown described his June murder of Brendan Tevlin, 19, as a “just kill” and said it was revenge to compensate for U.S. military killings in the Middle East, according to court documents cited by the New York Daily News.

Brown was also charged with fatally shooting three men in Seattle. All four men were gunned down in remote areas late at night, reports said.

Brown is a devout Muslim opposed to U.S. military action in the Middle East, especially Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran, prosecutors said.

“All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life,” he told investigators. FULL POST

Posted 8/21/14 at 3:43 PM | Mark Ellis

Ebola-Infected Doctor Released From Hospital, Thanks God for Miraculous Recovery

Dr. Kent Brantly at his release

By Mark Ellis

American missionary doctor Kent Brantly thanked God for his recovery from the deadly Ebola virus as he was released from Emory University Hospital, where he has been treated the last three weeks.

“Today is a miraculous day,” said a beaming Dr. Brantly as he was released from his isolation unit at the hospital. “I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.” At times, Dr. Brantly fought back tears as he described his gratitude.

Dr. Brantly looked remarkably well upon his release, with no obvious physical signs of the intense health battle he endured over the last month.

Nancy Whitebol, who also served Ebola patients in Liberia and became infected, was released from the same hospital Tuesday, and said, “To God be the glory” upon her release. She chose not to make a longer public statement as she and her husband David left for an undisclosed location. FULL POST

Posted 8/20/14 at 3:09 PM | Mark Ellis |

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Miracles in Israel: Hand of God Diverts Incoming Missile, Mysterious Fog Helps Troops

Iron Dome defense system

By Mark Ellis

Despite a barrage of missiles fired at Israel by Hamas, there have been remarkably few civilian casualties, partly due to Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, but it may also be due to an unseen Defender who controls the wind and the waves.

The Iron Dome system is effective 90 percent of the time, but the 10 percent of missiles that get through might be expected to do some significant damage, but they haven’t so far.

In one remarkable case, an Israeli Iron Dome operator says he witnessed ‘the hand of God’ divert an incoming Hamas rocket into the sea during the week of July 27th.

According to Israel Today, the commander said, “A missile was fired from Gaza. Iron Dome precisely calculated [its trajectory]. We know where these missiles are going to land down to a radius of 200 meters. This particular missile was going to hit either the Azrieli Towers, the Kirya (Israel’s equivalent of the Pentagon) or [a central Tel Aviv railway station]. Hundreds could have died.” FULL POST

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